DWS outstrips Addleshaws to fight BHB overcharging case

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has scooped the British Horseracing Board (BHB) as a new client after the organisation dumped former adviser Addleshaw Goddard.

DWS, led by competition partner Sam Szlezinger, has been instructed by the BHB to appeal against a High Court ruling on pre-race data. The case was brought by Atthe-races, which alleged that the amount it was being charged by the BHB for the data was excessive and was an abuse of its dominant position.

BHB had instructed Addleshaws on the original case, which it lost, but has now turned to DWS for the appeal.

Szlezinger said: “We’re delighted to advise the BHB. It will be the first time that abuse of dominance has been considered by the Court of Appeal.”

Szlezinger has brought in Peter Roth QC of Monkton Chambers to represent the BHB in the Court of Appeal.

An Addleshaws statement said: “We’ve enjoyed a string of successes over the 10 years we’ve worked with the BHB, but it is understandable for a client to change advisers when there have been adverse decisions, particularly one as unexpected as the ECJ [European Court of Justice] decision. We respect the client’s decision to pursue the Attheraces appeal with a fresh perspective and continue to provide assistance to the BHB on this and other matters.”